George Kajo, Makurdi
Ahead of the PDP Governorship primary elections this week, Governor Samuel Ortom has assured that the leadership of the party is committed to leading it to victory at the general elections next year.
The Governor gave the assurance on Tuesday when stakeholders from Vandeikya Local Government area visited to thank him on behalf of other leaders of the party for zoning the governorship seat to the local Government area.
The Governor stated that the zoning of the seat to Jerchira and Vandeikya in particular was a collective decision of all party leaders from the 14 Tiv speaking local government areas after series of meetings and consultations.
He said due to the transparent manner with which the zoning was carried out and the emergence of Engr Titus Uba as consensus candidate, majority of party members were happy and willing to work with the choice of the party.
Governor Ortom however, noted that all the aspirants, particularly those who purchased nomination forms and went through the screening process were free to participate in the primary elections, which he assured would be transparent.
The Governor expressed appreciation to the Kunav people for selecting Engr Uba from other equally qualified aspirants, stressing that the Speaker has the humility, sound educational background and political experience to excel as a governor.
He appealed to the people, both the Tiv, Idoma, Igede and other tribes not to be divided as a result of the governorship contest but continue to work together in unity for the progress and development of the state.
Earlier, Leader of the delegation, Elder David Amo said the visit was to thank Governor Ortom for the efforts he made with other leaders of PDP to zone the Governorship seat to Vandeikya Local Government area and prayed that God will repay him with higher positions.
In their separate remarks, two of the Governorship aspirants, Architect Joe Ikyaagha and Pharmacist Peter Chieshe who spoke on behalf of other aspirants, pledged their loyalty to the State Governor and the PDP, saying the choice of Engineer Uba was the decision of stakeholders, which they have to accept and work for its success.
They assured that apart from mobilizing support for Engineer Uba to win the Governorship ticket, they will avail him with their blueprints for him to merge it with what he has to ensure that Benue State keeps moving forward.
Other former governorship aspirants who were present at the meeting included Dr Boniface Jibo, Susan Waya, and Dr Dominic Akaahan.